When it comes to their work, I believe some writers have one of two fears. The fear of failure or the fear of success. Both can prevent writers from reaching their full potential and deprives the world of their greatest efforts.
Fear of failure comes in many forms. Fear of not meeting a deadline. Fear of not finishing that "great" novel. Fear of not getting published. Fear of not being good enough. The list can be endless and each fear is another link in the chain that holds a writer back from achieving their goals. Just the thought of being afraid can become a river so deep, no writer could ever cross.
Some writers struggle with the fear of potential success. I'm one of those people. It's so hard to describe how one can be afraid of reaching their goals. Maybe I wonder if it will change me in some way that I do not want. Maybe I think it will encroach on my personal life when I am a more private person. While I have visions of becoming a published author in the future, I sometimes still have difficulty in actually comprehending the possibility. It's not that I doubt my ability to write but maybe I doubt other people's ability to believe in me as much as I believe in myself?
Maybe what I need to do is simply erase the idea of fear itself. Remove it from my vocabulary. Turn my back on it whenever it decides to rear its fearful head. I believe my learning curve to become a published author is hard enough without letting the fear of failure or success add to my burden.
To those writers who struggle with the fear of failing, this message is for you. Realize that the journey is almost always more important than the destination itself. And if you let the possibility of failing rule your writing, then you will always remain a prisoner to what COULD have been.
To those writers who struggle with the fear of success, this message is for you. Whether published or not, if a writer loves what they do and strives to improve their writing skills, then they are already successful in life so what is there to be afraid of? Writers should have the freedom to envision what WILL be instead of what MIGHT happen.
Be loud, be proud, be free to be the writer everyone knows you to be! In the end the world may be a better place because of your gifts to it and look at all the fun you can have when you are not dealing with fear...